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Pillsbury Plant Closure to Put 400 Employees Out of Work

January 12, 2015 9:41 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

General Mills continues its layoffs with another plant closure, this time one of its Pillsbury facilities.                                         

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Report Forecasts Tepid Recovery for Europe's Industrial Economy

January 12, 2015 9:33 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter, IMPO | Articles | Comments

A recent analysis from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation suggests a European economic recovery has been "sapped by a paucity of fiscal impulses and near-absence of centrally managed monetary stimulus."       

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Microsoft Predictions for Manufacturing in 2015

January 9, 2015 1:47 pm | by Sanjay Ravi | Articles | Comments

The challenge for 2015 is to create smarter data - the year that IoT will become the Internet of Your Things.                                         

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Photo of the Day: President Obama Turns to TN

January 9, 2015 12:35 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Take a look at IMPO's photo of the day, featuring the President as he begins his travels promoting some very big announcements that will directly effect the manufacturing sector.                  

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The Big Winners and Losers in a World With Cheap Oil

January 9, 2015 11:56 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Oil prices have continued their descent in the face of a global supply glut. PwC's UK head of oil and gas told Bloomberg the winners and losers of cheap oil are becoming increasingly clear.                 

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3 Executives Charged in WV Chemical Spill Plead Not Guilty

January 9, 2015 11:46 am | by Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three executives charged in a chemical spill last January in West Virginia pleaded not guilty in federal court Thursday.                                     

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Food Industry Leaders Wave Goodbye to 2014 With Job Cuts

January 9, 2015 11:41 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

As you sip that ice-cold Coca-Cola, the workers who helped manufacture it are worrying about losing their jobs. Just this morning, Coca-Cola announced it will be laying off between 1,600 and 1,800 jobs throughout the next few months in an effort to help trim costs.

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Manufacturing Job Growth Up in 2014

January 9, 2015 11:34 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Manufacturing job growth increased dramatically in 2014 compared to the previous year, according to numbers from the federal Labor Department released Friday.                           

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Nissan, NASA To Work Together on Self-Driving Technology

January 9, 2015 11:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese automaker Nissan and NASA are teaming up to advance the technology behind cars that drive autonomously.                                       

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New OSHA and CSA Compliant Easi-Dec Platform System

January 9, 2015 10:42 am | by Kee Safety, Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Kee Safety, Inc has introduced the new OSHA and CSA compliant Easi-Dec Platform system which is designed to provide maintenance and repair workers with safe, rapid access to working heights indoors or outdoors.  

Activist Investor Intensifies Fight Over DuPont's Future

January 9, 2015 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fight for control of DuPont Co. is intensifying after the hedge fund led by activist investor Nelson Peltz announced plans to nominate its own slate of four directors to the industry titan's board.               

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BMW Leads German Luxury Carmakers to Record Sales

January 9, 2015 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's luxury carmakers had a record year in 2014 thanks to expanding sales in the United States and China.                                        

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Obama-GOP Alliance on Trade Raises Hopes for Bipartisan Agreements

January 9, 2015 9:44 am | by Charles Babington, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Trade pacts create odd politics. That's why advocates hope new trade agreements might advance this year despite tensions between the Republican-run Congress and the Democratic White House on so many other issues.           

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Union Efforts Could Jeopardize VW Expansion Package

January 9, 2015 9:21 am | by Andrew Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The ongoing fight over organizing workers at a Tennessee auto plant could jeopardize a massive incentive package aimed at expanding the facility.                              

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

January 8, 2015 4:11 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The first full week of 2015 has been eventful for the manufacturing sector with no shortage of news making this week’s decision for ‘Winner’ and ‘Loser’ difficult. However, after careful consideration, Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre, co-founders of Ecovative, are this week’s ‘Winner’ while Fayetteville and Dayton, Tennessee receive the ‘Loser’ title.  

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3D Printed Electronic Circuit Boards

January 8, 2015 2:42 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Helping his son with a school project led Michael Toutonghi to invent a 3D printing medium that conducts electricity and can print plastic circuit boards.                            

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Major Investors Put Money Into Marijuana

January 8, 2015 2:39 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

It appears that marijuana businesses may be coming into their own with today’s announcement of a large venture capital firm buying into the pot industry.                           

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5 Steps To Creating a Culture of Product Safety

January 8, 2015 2:34 pm | by Mike Rozembajgier | Articles | Comments

Creating a culture of product safety within an organization is a strong line of defense against recalls. But how is this accomplished? Here are five tips to help you shift your organization from complacent to compliant.         

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Honda Fined $70M for Not Reporting Death, Injury Complaints

January 8, 2015 2:27 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration said Thursday it is fining Honda $70 million — the largest civil penalty levied against an automaker — for not reporting to regulators some 1,729 complaints that its vehicles caused deaths and injuries, and for not reporting warranty claims.

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California On Way to State's New Energy Goals

January 8, 2015 2:24 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Clean-energy programs initiated by Gov. Jerry Brown and governors before him have California already well on its way to meeting his new goals for reducing the use of climate-changing fossil fuels, industry experts and state officials said.   

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